Google announces Android distribution numbers for August

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It’s that time of month again: Google revealed the current distribution of Android software on devices around the world. Unlike in the past, where Gingerbread was the king ahead of a lagging Jelly Bean, the latest OS has been sufficiently spreading the love to everyone. According to the pie graph, one out of every five devices is running KitKat, and a little over one half of devices is running Jelly Bean.
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Google opens Google Classroom platform today

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Earlier this year Google launched a new platform called Google Classroom that was aimed at educators. When initially launched, Google made it available for beta testing by educators with a projected availability date of September. It appears Google’s testing went better than expected as they have officially announced Google Classroom is now open for any educator to sign up to use.
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Google+ app gets ability to cast your stream to Chromecast

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Google+ for Android received an update today — in addition to the usual bug fixes, you’ll now have the ability to cast your Google+ stream to Chromecast.

You’ll be able to manually flip through posts on the stream or you can automatically play through the stream. The posts fill up the whole screen, but it looks like GIF-support is not included for now.

The update is pushing out now, so be patient. If you’d rather not wait, head on over to the source link and grab the download files.

Source: Android Police

 

Google backing an underwater cable between Japan and the United States

underwater_cableHaving a direct connection to websites you’re trying to connect to makes things a lot faster, but underwater cables take a lot of time, effort and money – hundreds of millions of dollars, in fact. Google  and a host of telecom giants (China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel) are backing FASTER, a $300 million fiber optic cable that runs between Japan and the US.

The name is pretty self explanatory, as it hopes to make things faster by having a cable that offers 60 terabits per second of bandwidth between the two regions. You won’t see a difference until the cable is functional by the second quarter of 2016, but speeds are sure to be faster across the internet as a whole.

Source: Urs Holzle (Google+)
via:Engadget

 

Doctor in Kansas City uses Google Glass to aid in operations

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If nothing else, Google Glass is making a name for itself by assisting doctors perform surgery and operations. We reported on a plastic surgeon using Glass with patients last time, and this time we have a doctor in Kansas City who is using Glass to complement computer monitors in the operating room.

During facial reconstruction surgeries, Dr. Jeff Colyer wears Glass to view x-ray images without having to look up at the monitors that would typically display the images. By doing this, he is able to see exactly what he’s working on without having to look away from the patient.
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Possible 10.3-inch Android TV box hits benchmark site

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A recent addition to GFX Bench’s database includes the “Google Nexus Foo,” which seems to be causing quite a few of us in the tech community to be scratching our heads today.

At first, you’d think the 10.3-inch (Full HD 1080 x 1920) device is a tablet, but then when you see it runs Android Wear (KKWT), you’ll start to get a bit confused. The device has no touchscreen, no accelerometer, no barometer, no GPS, no compass, no gyroscope, no light sensor, no NFC,  or  no proximity sensor — only Bluetooth and WiFi are included.


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Blame record labels for Play Music deauthorization mess until Google fixes it

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Being a subscriber to Play Music can be a little bit confusing and a hassle considering there is once again a limit on the amount of devices replaced (or deauthorized) on a account within a single year. The reason why this policy has been reimposed is because of the music industry itself. Record labels feel that not having a limit of replacements set allow customers to abuse the system and allow others to piggyback off of them. They are worried about missing out on potential customers if they can simply share an account with an already present subscriber.

Google is working to fix the issue, though. It is known that the entire flashing process on an Android device uses a deauthorization and that hurts subscribers. Google did not share what exactly its fix is, nor did it offer a completion time. So, for now, just sit tight and wait until Google takes care of this mess.

Source: iTechTriad
Via: Ausdroid

Google Play hosting summer sale with nearly 50 apps discounted by up to 85%

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Looking for some great applications and games to keep you busy during the summer? Then head over to the Play Store because Google is hosting a summer sale full of goodies. While the majority of the items are now free, others have been discounted. And some of the discounts reach 85% off of the regular price. If you see an app that is normally free, its in-app purchases have been discounted instead. There are 50 apps and games to choose from, so there should be something for anyone.

Source: Google Play

Google brings back device deauthorization limit for Play Music

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Two years ago, Google instated a limit on how many devices you could remove from access to your Google Play Music account. The maximum amount of devices allowed on each account was and is ten, but at that time, you could only remove and replace four devices a year. This limitation rightly caused an outrage, and Google removed that restriction.


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